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Murray Hofmeyr

Freedom Day 2017

Democratic South Africa is 23 years old today - older than most of our beneficiaries.

We who were there will never forget the joy, hope and gratitude we felt that day!

Our work as an organisation is inspired by the promise we made that day as a nation - that we will make it work.

And yes, nobody promised us an easy ride. A democracy does not fall from the air. It is built brick by brick. 

On Freedom Day 2017 we re-commit ourselves to the dream of a country where potential and determination find opportunity. 

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“How far we have come and how far we still need to go” Graduation address: The University of the Witwatersrand, 1 April 2014 Prof Christof Heyns

It is graduation time at most South African institutions of higher learning and many a Studietrust bursary beneficiary will over the next few weeks don the gown to receive that degree or diploma and celebrate the hard work and determination of the past few years.
Prof Christo Heyns

 

Prof Christof Heyns, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Professor of Human Rights Law, Co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria and former Studietrust trustee, recently spoke at a graduation ceremony at Wits University. With his permission we publish his thought-provoking speech, in the hope that our graduates all over South Africa will be inspired by his words while they celebrate their achievements and at the same time recommit themselves to the task at hand, here in South Africa, and in the world.

 

 

Graduation address: The University of the Witwatersrand, 1 April 2014
Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management 

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Murray Hofmeyr

You are worthy…

Once a week the StudyTrust office team assembles for reflection and prayer. At these meetings we always ask “what are our students and learners doing now?” and then we entrust them to God. This past Thursday morning we reflected on the present global financial crisis in the light of the Christian Scriptures and more specifically the words of the prophet Zephaniah. We agreed that the age old wisdom that deeds have consequences are still valid today. Jan related how the CEOs of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler each in his own private jet, flew from Detroit to Washington to ask the government for a bail-out to save their companies (and the entire US car industry) from ruin. They are laying off thousands of workers, but these top executives were still pocketing a salary of $3 million per month each. (I have subsequently learned that they have accepted a pay cut to $1 p.a. and that some of the companies are selling their private jets!).

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Murray Hofmeyr

Friendship

The Hofmeyr Hall in Stellenbosch, where we hold our annual Western Cape function, stands as a monument for a man and his work. Prof NJ Hofmeyr, founder of the Christian Youth Society in 1874, is remembered as “a friend of the youth.” My thoughts on StudyTrust as a monument were kindled by the Flemish philosopher Rudi Visker who recently introduced his new book at Café Riche on Church Square in Pretoria. Visker, whose book is entitled Ode to Visibility, argues that there is a dearth of visible symbols in the public space in South Africa in which people from different backgrounds and experiences can recognise each other. That means recognising yourself and the other in the same symbol or monument.  According to Visker the health of public space can be measured by the extent to which the common interests of the different members of a society are recognisably expressed in common public symbols like monuments. He specifically said he does not only refer to monuments of stone and steel, but of organisations and institutions, too. That got me thinking: StudyTrust as monument?

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Hope must be learned…

StudyTrust is an organisation with Hope inscribed in its motto: Today for Tomorrow. We had occasions enough over the past few months to reconsider the issue of hope. I was reminded of a lecture that my friend and philosophical mentor, Heinz Kimmerle, prepared for a conference we held in Cote d’Ivoire a few years ago. The question we considered was whether there was hope for Africa. Kimmerle reminded us of the great philosopher of hope, Ernst Bloch, who said that hope could and should be learned. Otherwise it will amount to wishful thinking and not be grounded expectation. Bloch distinguishes between three dimensions of learned hope.

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